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Riot

3.4 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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A riot staged by convicts to cover their escape spirals out of control.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jim Brown, Gene Hackman, Mike Kellin, Gerald S. O'Loughlin
  • Directors: Buzz Kulik
  • Writers: James Pos, Frank Elli
  • Producers: William Castle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC, Anamorphic
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042JH0GC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,446 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: VHS Tape
Riot is a good action film about Jim Brown and Gene Hackman staging a riot in prison in order to allow a distraction so they can escape through underground tunnels. Brown and Hackman are great in this and the suspense of the last 30 minutes is killer! I rank this one up there with Escape From Alcatraz. A must see for all fans of escapism movies.
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Riot was filmed on location at the Arizona State Prison in Florance, Arizona. Prison staff and inmates were used as extras during the filming. Warden Eyman played himself and did a great jod at it too! I have been waiting years for this to come to DVD. This is a great movie and well worth the price.
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Nice prison movie I fondly remember watching back in early 70's. All-time great Gene Hackman, fresh off his outrageous performance in BONNIE AND CLYDE [1967] two years earlier, and football Hall-of Famer Jim Brown, just off his attention-grabbing role in the hugely popular THE DIRTY DOZEN that same year, play inmates who stage a riot to negotiate for improved conditions as a ruse for an underground escape. Hackman is the mastermind who almost loses focus as they deal with the warden and the press while Brown plays the reluctant but resolute pal who unwittingly gets caught in the mess. Some filming at the real prison with some actual inmates and the real warden. Actor Mike Kellin, with the unmistakable face and voice, is a 'riot' as Bugsy---a really nice performance. Hackman doesn't have it easy negotiating for such a heterogeneous and dysfunctional group such as this as dissension and schism ensue and the deadline for escape approaches. Along with the excellent THE GLASS HOUSE [1972], among the first of the unsanitized prison dramas that touched upon homosexuality in prison which was fresh ground for those times. Soundtrack song "100 Years" by Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers is evocative and stays with you. So just sit back with a cup of 'raisin-jack' and enjoy.
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By dobell1 on August 26, 2011
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The Film is a Classic, It is very accurate of prisons in the early 1980's. I was surprised at the DVD Quality of it, and the seller was fast and no problems!!!
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A lot of the movies I special order from Amazon don't live up to the memories I have from childhood. This one, however lives up to it and surpasses it. Gene Hackman does his usual excellent job as an untrustworthy, yet highly intelligent, leader of a prison riot that is being used as a diversion for a planned prison break.

But it is the riveting, yet underplayed, performance of Jim Brown that makes this movie an edge-of-the-seat thriller. Originally opposed to the riot since he has little time left to serve, Brown is forced into trying to keep things from getting out of hand by protecting a brutal guard. After which, Brown finds himself more and more named the leader and mastermind of the riot, first by the inmates, then to his dismay, by the warden. (Played by the real warden who is every bit as tough and believable as you might expect.) It's not just a movie about a prison break, it's a movie about leadership and command and how they can be thrust upon men and women.

Why this movie has never been replayed on cable in the last few decades escapes me, since the setting and story are timeless. As a matter of fact the only thing that gives away the date is a couple of police cars in one scene.

I won't ruin the ending, but believe me, you'll be surprised and not let down.
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This movie offers Jim Brown and Gene Hackman (with hair) in prison with a scheme to escape. The acting is way over the top. Hackman is Red, the leader of a group of about 20 convicts who stage a riot to cover up the actual escape.

This is an okay flick and you can tell it's seen better days. There's even the markings in the corner of the frames which would have indicated scene cuts and ads when shown on television.
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This Paramount Pictures release from 1969 is a real treasure and a must-see if you are a Jim Brown fan; it also stars a pre-Popeye Doyle Gene Hackman. RIOT chronicles an actual riot that took place in an Arizona prisoner. A few choice scenes: the Drag Queen dance sequence, and Cully Briston, played by Jim Brown, dead lifting a not small man off the floor onto his shoulder. What is fantastic about the movie is how it powerfully reminds the viewer how more much working class and egalitarian the United States used to be (or at least was in the late 1960s).
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Well, it says it's the "R" version, but be damned if I could see any content justifying anything other than a "PG." Though toplining Jim Brown, it's obvious Gene Hackman steals the show and proves he was ready for the acclaim that was very soon to follow. Otherwise, this is a very pedestrian look at convicts wanting out of their predicament. Neither violent nor tawdry, this movie sits squarely in the so-what-else-is-new department.
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